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  • lwknight's Avatar
    02-14-2018, 03:09 PM
    Looks like 1680 pounds so I'm guessing 1598 ingots.
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    02-14-2018, 03:05 PM
    This variable depends on your specific barrel. Example: I had 1 barrel that slugged at .356 and a .357 bullet would not chamber. The solution was to get another barrel. The replacement slugged at .3455 and will shoot .355 bullets all day with no...
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    02-14-2018, 02:56 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread I have a question. in Cast Boolits
    I have had to reduce the OAL to 1.115 for my Berretta but the Ruger likes 1.160 just fine. I just ignore the groove and use a taper crimp. At least it cannot likely set back accidentally. I did have to reduce my load for the shorter OAL because I...
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    02-11-2018, 06:36 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread Remove Live Primers in Cast Boolits
    Just knock them out. Press slowly and in case one does go off, so what? It will just scare you a bit so don't hold sharp objects in your hand. Safety glasses can't hurt.
    42 replies | 1083 view(s)
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    02-08-2018, 10:58 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread Drying Brass in Cast Boolits
    Ah, ha. That's what that is for! Just think, my wife thought it was for shoes lol.
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    02-07-2018, 01:45 AM
    Flaring tool might not be necessary if you have an inside deburring tool. It may be worth a shot if you can get your hands on one. I know that RCBS makes them and I bought mine decades ago so I have no idea about the price. The beburr tool is just...
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    02-07-2018, 01:30 AM
    Thank you Mister 303Guy. That helps substantiate what I thought I knew all along. I never examined recovered rifle bullets but I have a few thousands of pistol bullets from a sand berm. I never did see any signs of erosion on any bases but them...
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    02-06-2018, 10:02 PM
    RochnRoll, you just took a giant step in relations by making an appearance here. If you keep people posted on what is going on, some will want to try the products again.
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    02-06-2018, 12:02 AM
    I watched a guy light off tracer rounds with a propane torch on youtube. They did not light readily but took a good bit of heating. The bullets had what looked like a reversed gas check so that the pyro stuff was not in direct communication with the...
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    02-05-2018, 10:28 PM
    Shooting ranges just do not make a consideration for people that have proper bullet fit and proper loads. They just assume that you are a leadder poisoning the air.
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    02-05-2018, 10:14 PM
    I for one have not a clue but I bet we can do some googling. If I remember right , I think it was mythbusters that did the flash paper test. I would imagine that the fire is a lot hotter under high power rifle bullets than lead pistol bullets....
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    02-05-2018, 10:09 PM
    I wish we had upvotes. Beautiful cast. Great mushroom and excellent weight retention.
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    02-04-2018, 11:11 PM
    Or 600-700 degrees F.
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    02-04-2018, 09:27 PM
    Probably some truth in this. I have a GP-100 that has fired 1000s of rounds and it does not lead up. The inside of the barrel looks like chrome but I never did anything to it from the factory except shoot a lot. It will get sooty or some streaks...
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    02-04-2018, 09:23 PM
    This has been proven false by pasting magicians flash paper to bullet bases and firing them into recoverable media. The flash paper was not burned. Lead deposited in the barrels is from hot gasses passing around the bullet and vaporizing that way. ...
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    02-04-2018, 12:27 AM
    It seems that the concensus of this group is that 1% tin will cast just fine. My experience is that you need 1% tin to every 3% antimony. Consensus says that extra tin is a waste. My experience is that higher tin contend is beneficial to...
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    02-03-2018, 11:50 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread Linotype in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Actually the surface will harden being a fairly poor conductor of heat thus causing a very liquid middle. I suggest extreme caution in dumping ingots till they are thoroughly cooled. They will break open and dump liquid , hot metal. True that there...
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    02-02-2018, 01:19 AM
    lwknight replied to a thread Linotype in Lead and Lead Alloys
    The linotype that I melted and cast into large ingots had a smooth as glass and wavy surface. Also beware that the surface can appear hard and still have very hot liquid in the middle.
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    02-01-2018, 02:26 AM
    If you are serious about consistency, forget about quenching the bullets. Quenching is for tight wads that are not willing to cut loose a few bucks to buy what they need to mix up a proper alloy that will age harden to a point and stay that way....
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    01-30-2018, 03:21 PM
    Mineral Spirits is a pretty good degreaser and it will dry up completely. It is not as nasty and carcinogenic as gasoline. I also add it to my tumbling media to reduce dust and help clean the gunk of brass.
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    01-28-2018, 08:08 PM
    Apparently, the founder passed away in 2016 and someone else took it over. He said in another forum: "The prices will remain very low as this was James's way of doing business. He had a recipe for quality bullets cheap. He showed me how and that's...
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    01-28-2018, 02:43 PM
    I use a flat ratchet from a full set. It does not need to be dedicated to the lube sizer. It's more like sorta borrowed.
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    01-25-2018, 01:23 PM
    Make pop corn out of it. Hold the bar over water with a little soap or cooking oil on/in it. Melt it off with a plumbers torch into the water. You will get a lot of tear shaped drops and some popcorn. then you can easily weigh up what you want....
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    01-21-2018, 11:14 PM
    If you are mixing linotype with soft lead 50/50 ratio you will have standard hard cast bullets. Linotype is 4-12-84 and standard hardball is 2-6-92. ( tin-antimony-lead). They will not be too hard. A lot of guys skimp on the tin and antimony by...
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    01-21-2018, 07:16 PM
    My first Lee Pro #20 still has a good element although nothing else works. It is now a P.I.D. dip pot. I bought it because of price alone. Back then I was too poor to even pay attention. I got the later version a few years ago and they do NOT hold...
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    01-21-2018, 07:02 PM
    That is what I said " The gas check is not bonded to the bullet and is hard enough to resist skidding so that even if the lead part does skid the check will still block gas bypassing the rifling."
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    01-21-2018, 12:40 PM
    There is nothing wrong or bad about plain base for rifles except that you have to compromise between velocity and terminal performance. You can use a big heavy low velocity bullet to knock an elephant down but realistically a 30-06 is not the tool...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    01-20-2018, 12:57 AM
    I had 2 tons of 25 pound bricks of lead stacked in my garage and got scared that it might crack the slab so I moved them out.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check